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Paes-Sania cruise into last eight

August 02, 2012 23:00 IST

Leander Paes and Sania Mirza entered the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles of the tennis event, beating the Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ana Ivanovic in staright sets.

The Indian pair won 6-2, 6-4 in only 64 minutes and set up a last eight meeting with top seeds Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

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The Indians dominated the proceedings from the start and broke in the third game, but the Serbians returned the break immediately get level at 2-2.

However both Zimonjic and Ivanovic's serve was broken once each in the fifth and seventh games before Paes-Sania closed out the set at 6-2, in 26 minutes.

In the second game, Paes-Mirza got an all-important break in the first game and held serve thereafter to seal the match in the 10th game.

Paes was as usual amazing at the net with timely anticipations, but Sania too deserves credit for the victory. She came up with some fantastic winners, including a few booming forehand returns and lovely down the line shots to complement the efforts of her senior partner.